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there are people trying it. from tunisia to hosni mubarak, the great u.s. ally of three decades. to yemen, to worries about al qaeda and extremism in that area of the world. he is supposedly our ally against terrorism. even moammar gadhafi, most americans if they think of him at all think of him as a ridiculous cartoon villain. even he has recently been considered an ostensible american ally. whose planes the american military shot down in 1986. a man whose house ronald reagan shot a missile. even gadhafi was made into a supposed u.s. ally by the george call a diplomatic victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of made in the usa tear gas cannisters thrown
that the military is involved in. the uss mt. whitney was deployed to haiti as the u.s. played a role in ousting the military junta that took over the country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians? that was when russia and the nation were having a war and john mccain wanted the u.s. to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? during that war it was the uss mt. whitney that was deployed to deliver aid in georgia and the first ship to reach the port that it went to. mt. whitney is considered the most advanced ship that the u.s. has floated. this is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the ship's admiral and the u.s. attorney general, this is where the u.s. has been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mt. whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the war anymore. that effort will now be run by nato. both the no-fly zone part and the bombing ground troops part which they call like protecting civilians. the uss mt. whitney named after the highest peak will no longer be the place where from which it is run. does t
. look. it appears to be number four that drove the u.s. government to dramatically break with the japanese government today, to start giving its own american assessment of what is going on at this reactor and these reactors instead of repeating what the japanese were saying. it is number four, or at least it appears to be the number four reactor that led the u.s. government to say that u.s. citizens should evacuate from an area around the reactor that is larger than what the japanese government has suggested. here is what's going on at reactor four. reactor four reportedly contains 130 tons of spent fuel. there's a reactor there. that was off when the quake happened. but it is still there. there's the reactor there, that was off. that's presumably cool shut down. then the spent fuel pool. 130 tons of spent fuel in that pool.รง for reference, that's about 28% less fuel than what blew up at chernobyl. the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission reportedly has its own experts on site at daiichi. even though japan is not saying this, american nuclear authorities, our nuclear regu
the opportunity to do that in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip and forego the chest-thumping commander in chief theater at the start of a military convention, that is a fascinating and blunt demonstration of how much this presidency is not like that of george w. bush. do you remember when george w. bush campaigned for president by saying he wanted america to have a humble foreign policy? candidates for president love to say stuff like that. >> i don't think it's a role of the united states to walk into a country and say we do it this way, so should you. >> the united states must be humble and proud of our values, but humble in figure out how to chart their course. >> candidates say stuff like that when they are running because americans like that idea. americans like to vote for the idea. we like that kind of talk and we expect it from candidates.
, again replacing the u.s. a senior u.s. official telling reporters that more arab nations are expected to contribute to the no-fly zone in the next several days. the obama administration is doing everything it can to keep the american role here as low profile as possible. the consequences of that strategy at home look like this. at politico.com, sarkozy's war. sarkozy, he's french. everybody freak out. and a part of the american right that never met a military intervention they did not like is loudly upset at the lack of presidential chest thumping. they want him in a flight suit, fake landing a fighter jet, preferably with cinched up straps around the crotch. the weekly standard ran an editorial today which i do not think was sarcastic. they wrote president obama is taking us to war in another muslim country. good for him. not sarcastic, at least i don't think so. after noting concerns about perceptions the u.s. was invading another muslim country, bill kristol at the weekly standard wrote rubbish. that's how they talk at the weekly standard. our invasions, he wrote, have been liberat
radiation exposure was detected in 17 members of the u.s. navy doing relief mission to japan. it was equivalent to one month's worth of radiation. the way they were decontaminated was through using soap and water. the disaster in japan is, of course, still on-going. one of the ways the japanese government is trying to avoid nuclear meltdown at the reactors is by periodically releasing steam into the atmosphere of the reactors, steam that is radio actively contaminated. officials say the radioactive releases don't pose a major health risk, but if they continue doing this, does it have a cumulative effect? japanese officials estimate about 190 people have been exposed at some level to some radiation from the plant within the last four days. should we expect that number to go up and what are the potential long term effects here. joining us now, david brenner, the director for center of radiological research. columbia medical center. thanks for being here. appreciate it. >> appreciate it. >> did i get anything wrong? >> you had it right. >> i keep saying bad news things leading i
regulatory commission making the announcement that preceded the u.s. government saying that we think people should evacuate a region even larger than japan had suggested. it's a short statement that he makes here. i'm just going to play it one more time for emphasis. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. >> which could possibly impact -- which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. here's how "the new york times" explained why that is so important, why i think that sound bite was important enough to play twice. i think they said this exactly right, and it's really important. "if the american analysis is accurate and emergency crews at the plant have been unable to keep the spent fuel at that inoperative reactor properly cooled, radiation levels could make if difficult not only to fix the problem at reactor number 4 but to keep servicing any of the other problem reactors at the plant. in the worst case, experts say, workers could be forced to vacate the plant altogether, and the fue
to maximize casino profits from the clients or there was the ilans things. the u.s. common wealth. that's a helpful map. it's a dot. the u.s. government did an investigation into working continues there and found that sweat shop workers were working in sweat shop conditions, but being forced into prostitution. forced to have abortions. maybe being manufactured under the conditions. forced abortions? maybe they should not carry the made newscast usa label. maybe they have not earned that. jack took on the islands as a client and then put ralph reed and tim phillips on the case. the marketing company got christians from alabama to lobby their member of congress in favor of the forced abortion and forced prostitution sweat shop on the grounds that the chinese laborers were being introduced to jesus while they were there. presumably in between the forced abortions and forced prostitution. i asked about that when he had him here on the show in 2009. his answer was essentially, that was a long time ago. it may have been a long time ago, but he still has the same basic job. he doesn't work for
hurdle to make it harder for students to vote. the u.s. supreme court has affirmed that if you are living somewhere to attend college there you can vote there. but that doesn't mean republicans have to make it easy. so no student i.d.s. in new hampshire republicans are trying the same deal. >> the kids coming out of the school and basically doing what i did when i was a kid, voting as a liberal. you know, that's what kids do. they don't have life experience and they just vote their feelings. >> stupid kids. that new hampshire republican legislator there has introduced legislation that would only let college students vote in their college towns if they or their parents had previously established permanent residency there. another new hampshire bill would end election day registration, which would disproportionately impact first-time voters and young voters, who, again, are more likely to vote democratic. over in texas they're dealing with a massive $27 billion budget deficit. in order to deal with that state's disastrous budget emergency, republican governor rick perry has introduced five
in tokyo, ten times normal, but then reports that, you know, some u.s. service members were absolutely tested positive for having been exposed to radiation, that folks at two of the u.s. naval bases in the tokyo area were asked to stay indoors. i mean, just these reports that continue to trickle out. and i think you have to add into that, rachel, the fact that there are growing concerns about whether or not the folks here know the entire story. it's not in the nature of the japanese, necessarily, to strongly question these kinds of things but those questions are starting to be asked. and so even here a growing sense of unease and even if you could avoid those news reports, we continue to have these aftershocks. there was a pretty big one several hours ago, shook the building where i am right now. so there are these constant reminders everywhere you go, rachel. >> is the government able to accomplish the basic facts of an authority in a situation like this in terms of communicating with people, in terms of managing people's communication with one another, facilitating that, water, food,
putting none too fine a point on that. >> we also have to think about frankly the use of the u.s. military in another country in the middle east. >> another one, in addition to the others. military force is not defense or even defense. it's military force, planes, guns, war ships, ammunition, force with a capital "f." as much as our country wants to stop what gadhafi is doing in libya, the pentagon is telling congress the military force options for doing that are not good options. joining us now, nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel live in the capitol of tripoli. richard, thank you very much for joining us. are you safe and sound out there? >> we're actually very much in the eye of the storm. it is a very surreal situation in tripoli. there's almost an environment like people are pretending the war doesn't happen here, shops are open, people are going to work. the internet is working, phones are up. it is a different reality from rebel held libya. so right in the capitol, there are troops and armors rigging the city. but when you get to the middle of it, it feels very calm. >> in
elected congressman, governor, and u.s. senator from the commonwealth of virginia, flaunting racial attitudes and symbols from the '80s, 1880s. young allen started early. hearst newspapers reported he had always been attracted to the notion of the old confederacy, driving a nrnd high school in california with a confederate flag on the car. he posed for his high school year book wearing a confederate pin on his collar. duke? no. hazard? most definitely. from then on throughout his legal and political career allen just kept on whistling dixie. like allen hung a noose from a tree in his law office. a noose. allen claimed it was more of a lasso and has nothing to do with lynching. he pictured the confederate stars and bars in his first campaign ad for governor of virginia. he signed a confederate heritage month proclamation that described the civil war as a four-year struggle for independence and sovereign rights. and nothing else. he opposed creating a holiday for martin luther king and opposed the 1991 civil rights act. when he was governor allen posed for this photo with members of t
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, including u.s. military aircraft to fly home foreigners who fled into neighboring tunisia but then got stuck there. today the refugees at this camp in tunisia passed the time by playing soccer. this was ghana versus nigeria. the country of spain flew some of the refugees, egyptians, home to cairo today. meanwhile, the violence the refugees have been fleeing has continued. in the central part of the country fighter jets again bombed the rebels today as the rebels and gadhafi's ground troops fought for control of brega's oil facilities. generally speaking, reports from libya indicate that rebels have been holding ground when gadhafi's forces have been trying to take that ground back. that is not a good sign for the dictator. when you are the dictator, when you're supposedly in charge and you pick a military fight with a leaderless resistance, that is a fight you should expect to win. but gadhafi has not been winning. the rebels appear to be mourning their dead when people are killed and then replacing them with even greater numbers of fighters. and so gadhafi is stepping up his propaganda effo
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